AOH Westchester County Board monthly meetings are held at Brazen Fox 175 Mamaroneck Avenue White Plains, NY 10602, Lower Level on the 4th Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m.
The Westchester AOH Board comprises Divisions from Mount Kisco, Peekskill, Tarrytown and Yonkers and will soon be joined by newly formed Divisions in Rye and the reformed White Plains Division
Mount Kisco Division 16
PO Box 473 Mount Kisco, NY 10549
Peekskill Division 18
Hibernian Hall at The Hudson Valley Irish Center 210 Sixth St. Verplanck, NY
Meetings held from September thru June on 1st Wednesday of the Month
Tarrytown Division 11
65 Eiler Lane Irvington, NY 10533
not active at this time
Yonkers AOH Division 1
PO Box 1020 Yonkers, NY 10703
Westchester County Ancient Order of Hibernians
Aidan O'Kelly- Lynch
President, AOH Westchester County Board
106 Westchester Avenue Buchanan, NY 10511
The Ancient Order of Hibernians is a Catholic Irish-American Fraternal Organization founded in New York City on May 4,1836. The Order can trace its roots back to a parent organization of the same name that existed in Ireland for more than 400 years. However, while the organizations share a common thread, the North American A.O.H. is a separate and much larger organization.
The Order evolved from a need in the early 1600’s to protect the lives of Priests who risked immediate death to keep the Catholic Faith alive in occupied Ireland, after the reign of England’s King Henry VIII. When England implemented its dreaded penal laws in Ireland, various secret social societies were formed across the country. These groups worked to aid and comfort the people by whatever means available.
The Ancient Order of Hibernians in America was founded on May 4,1836 at New York’s St. James Church, to protect the clergy and church property from the “Know Nothings “ and their followers. At the same time, the vast influx of Irish immigrants fleeing the famine in Ireland in the late 1840’s prompted a growth of various social societies in the USA- the largest of which continues to be, the ANCIENT ORDER OF HIBERNIANS.
Active across the United States, the Order seeks to aid the newly arrived Irish, both socially and politically. The many Divisions and club facilities located throughout the United States traditionally have been among the first to welcome new Irish immigrants. Here, the Irish culture-art,dance,music and sports – are fostered and preserved. The newcomers can meet some of “their own” and are introduced to the social atmosphere of the Irish-American community. The A.O.H. has been at the political forefront for issues concerning the Irish such as: Immigration Reform, economic incentives, both here and in Ireland: the Human Rights issues, both here and in Ireland: the Human Rights issues addressed in the MacBride Legislation: the Right to Life: and a peaceful and just solution to the issues that divide Ireland.
The Order has also provided a continuing bridge with Ireland for those who are generations removed from our country. The A.O.H. sponsors many of the programs associated with promoting our Irish heritage such as the IRISH WAY. Members of the A.O.H. come from all walks of life and social and economic backgrounds yet enjoy fraternal fellowship in our Irish heritage.
Westchester County AOH Marched in New York City's
2013 St. Patrick's Day Parade
AOH Defending Old St. Patrick's cathedral NYC
Past Presidents of the Westchester County Board Ancient Order of Hibernians in America Inc.
1952-1953 Frank McGeough
1954 Francis J. Morgan
1955-1957 Stephen O’Hare Sr.
1958-1959 Michall Curran
1960-1961 Vincent Tandy (Peekskill Division 10 reformed Division 18)
1962-1963 James McGoldrick
1964 John (Jack) O’Sullivan (Tarrytown Division11)
1965-1967 Eugene McGreal
1968-1969 Joe Price (Verplanck Div. 8/ Peekskill Div. 10 Reformed as Div. 18)
1970-1971 John Daly
1972-1975 Charles Smith
1976-1980 John (Jack) O’Sullivan (Tarrytown Division11)
1981-1982 Frank O’Brien (Tarrytown Division 11)
1983-1987 Peter McKenna (Mount Kisco Division 16)
1988 Tim McNamara
1989 Thomas Flynn
1993-1994 Peter McKenna (Mount Kisco Division 16)
1995-1999 John Carey (Yonkers Division 1)
1999-2001 Tom McGuire (Tarrytown Division 16)
2001-2003 Edward Reilly (Mount Kisco Division 16)
2003-2005 James McGinty (Yonkers Division 1)
2005-2007 Tom Kennedy (Tarrytown Division 11)
2007-2009 Paul Clarke (Tarrytown Division 11)
2009-2013 Brian Kelly (Peekskill Division 18)
2013-Present Aidan O'Kelly-Lynch (Peekskill Division 18)